- In the United States, between 1999 and 2007, unintentional injuries rank 5th among the leading causes of death (CDC, WISQARS).
- Motor vehicle traffic (39%) is the leading cause of death for unintentional injury deaths, followed by poisonings (18%) (CDC, WISQARS).
- From 2000-2009, 371,104 fatal crashes occurred on US roadways, totaling 444,362 fatalities (NHTSA, FARS Encyclopedia).
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), 42% of all occupationally-related deaths were due to highway traffic.
- The estimated fatality rate for emergency medical services providers is 12.7 / 100,000 workers, which is more than twice the nation's average [Maguire et al., 2002].
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This blog is based on a paper written to fulfill the requirements for the class Public Health 6120: Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community and Home, at the University of Minnesota. Students were asked to select an injury-related problem pertinent to their own research area and discuss the magnitude of the problem and related issues. Students were also instructed to use an epidemiological approach in developing strategies for prevention and control of injury, specifically incorporating Haddon's Matrix and Haddon's Ten Strategies.